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Hell yeah. Three-day weeks, mini-heatwaves and street parties. Can we just agree that April/May was just how London should be? As le cool is a Spanish institution at heart we felt right at home - there was something Barcelonan about our grimy streets for a couple of weeks. So maybe this is the time to to put some legendary British engineering nous to work. Next year let's just chip the city free of its rocky moorings, tow it about 1,000 miles south for a fornight in the spring, and then get us back here in time for the Olympics. Sensible policies for a better Britain....

 

Don't forget we've decided we're giving away tickets to something in le cool every single Friday on our Facebook page. You have to LIKE us to win them. Go, go, go!

Brushing up on our Catalan, say Chloe, Tom, Josh, Mat, Clare and everyone else at the le cool London hacienda.

Fiona Watson's birds make you feel like summer...
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Days
thursday, friday, saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday


Categories
Exhibition Bortusk Took a Trip, Urban Fog, Other People's Houses, Beyond Entropy, Local Anaesthesia
Gig The Elasticated Waste Band
Theatre I Am the Wind
pub crawl Quality SE1 Pub Crawl
Fundraising Le Bon Temps Rouler
personal trainer Nike Training Club Live
Festival Digital Shoreditch
Cinema Philip Seymour Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Howl, Stolen and Damian Lewis Q&A
Shopping Clothes Swap Swish
fiesta Manor Avenue Micro-festival
Club night Thriller III, Orphanage Masked Ball
Spoken Word Hussein Chalayan & Emily King, Arts 4 Human Rights, Hope, AC Grayling and Rowan Williams
Workshop Netil House Revealed
Food/Drink The Whisky Den, Amigo’s (Take Away)
Bar Classic Album Sundays
   
 

May 05 2011


where
Tony's Gallery, 68 Sclater Street London E1 6HR
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when
6pm - 9pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Bortusk Took a Trip

Step into Tony's Gallery tonight and you'd be forgiven for thinking Mr Leer may have slipped on his nu-rave Bible with a flouro machine gun in his hand. Feeling blue post-bank holiday double whammy? Bortusk and his monsters are the perfect antidote - swap your blues for pinks, purples and blinding yellows. You may have seen his tutti-frutti goggle eyed friends lurking down backalleys and tormenting fashionistas all over Shoreditch. Like Superhanz in a tophat, this cockney pied piper has rounded up his day-glo tribe and packed them into Tony's to celebrate this new gallery's opening. Expect unashamed cheeriness and high jinx. Bortusk goes nowhere without his spanking cane, 'muck cake' brandishing assistants and the promise of mischief. / Clare Considine

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May 05 2011


where
Haymarket Cineworld, 62-65 Haymarket, SW1Y 4R
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when
6.30pm

how much
BAFTA members: free, public: £12.50

cinema
Philip Seymour Hoffman

He’s played characters like writer Truman Capote and music journalist Lester Bangs, been in genre-defining movies like Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Happiness and warped our brains in Charlie Kauffman’s Synecdoche, New York. And although he’s best known for supporting roles in an array of modern classics, on Thursday he’ll be taking centre stage at BAFTA: A Life in Pictures. A celebration of Hoffman’s career, the event will take us through his early years, film and television work, through to his less well-known theatre work, including both acting and directing. It’s hard to imagine one actor being in as many great films as The Big Lebowski, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain without becoming a megalomaniac superstar, but Hoffman has never taken that role, proving that all he needs is his profession to fall back on. / Caroline Christie

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May 05 2011


where
1A St Jude Street, N16 8JU

when
11am-6pm (Thu-Sun)

how much
Free

exhibition
Urban Fog

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student in possession of an architecture degree, will probably never have been anywhere near a building site; and so, upon graduation – if they have any sense, that is – will almost certainly desire to actually build something. And so it is with newly formed Atelier ChanChan, who have constructed an ephemeral and bewitching little art installation and teahouse in Dalston. It’s blissfully free to enter, but do be sure to splash out on tea and cakes by local cafe TinaWeSaluteYou because all profits will go to support Japan Disaster relief. / Crystal Bennes

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May 05 2011


where
NikeTown, 236 Oxford Street, W1N 9DS
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when
6.30pm - 7.30pm

how much
Free: you have to like the FB page for class announcements

personal trainer
Nike Training Club Live

The transition from spring to summer is a traumatic one, particularly for us girls. The pasty legs, the tired 2010 wardrobe, the unpedicured toes, and horror of horror, the extra layer of a$$ we acquired over Christmas. De ne fret pas, ladies, the solutions are simple: credit card for the wardrobe, London heatwave for the legs, and the Kingsland Road for the toes. But, what to do about the bum? Nike Training Club, that’s what. Hardcore and sweaty, think squats, push-ups, and lunges, all accompanied by the motivating demands of a personal trainer. The double boom is that these are exclusively for women, free and every week. Ignore the fact that you're in the centre of NikeTown, this class will alleviate that drastic problem of your summer wardrobe just by being able to fit into it again. Not that you'd want to cuz that's, like, so two thousand and ten. / Sarah-Jayne Boyd

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May 05 2011


where
Various Shoreditch locations


when
Various

how much
Various

festival
Digital Shoreditch

Remember the days when technology was like your pet guinea pig? Simple, easily understood, mostly hidden away. The days of the Casiotron watch, the Atari Video Game Console and computers the size of a small car. Then it went digital, growing exponentially, sticking its furry paws into everything, leaving you behind, in it’s quest to take over the world. Now you’re lucky if you find out how to use the latest technology before it becomes obsolete. Fear not. Salvation is at hand, at the first ever Digital Shoreditch festival, showcasing the talent and creative diversity within London’s digital community, nearly 200 digital studios and companies will be running 40 events including interactive workshops, conferences, installations and displays, games and late night parties, spanning four days, from 3rd to 7th May. / Simon Owen

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May 05 2011


where
Netil House, 1-7 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
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when
6.30

how much
Free

workshop
Netil House Revealed

Netil House is one of those hubs of creativity where people with colourful minds work in studios to produce a massive array of bizarre and beautiful things. This Thursday when you’ve finished voting (yes?) you can celebrate the possibility of political reform alongside the kids in charge of fashion reform, starting with long time friend of le cool - Jacqueline White, who is offering a Make Your Own Cum Face T-shirt workshop, yeah you heard (and you did your cum face, didn’t you?) among talented others including a village fete, vintage clothes, exhibitions, a sample sale from Dynasty Jewellery and a pop-up nail bar. It all takes place in a formerly derelict building that’s been brought back to life by young blood and promises to be super-cool. There’s also a warehouse party from 9.30 until late, obviously, this is still East London after all. / Marie Berry

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May 05 2011


where
CAMP, 70-74 City Road, London EC1Y 2BJ
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when
6.00pm-1.00am (until 18th May)

how much
Free

exhibition
Other People's Houses

Hello everyone. What are you doing tonight? Well, I’ll be staring into Other People’s Houses because that’s what I do on Thursday nights. Tuesday is for Portuguese tile appreciation and Thursday I dedicate to voyeurism. But that’s just how I like to fill up my week. If you’d like to join me at The City Arts and Music Project. I’ll be checking out what home means to some of the web’s most talented bloggers such as Fieldguided, Kris Atomic, Victoria Hannan, Brian Ferry and For me, For you. While some of my past favourite houses I’ve peaked into have included ‘the man who wears all brown and has 1,000 cacti in his living room’ as well as ‘the big-boned bitch with the cat’ I’m thinking tonight’s collection of photography will be slightly more tasteful yet just as interesting. You can even buy some of the pieces. Come and spend your Thursday night here, it’ll make your week – promise! / Vanessa Morrish

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May 06 2011


where
Plastic People, 47 Curtain Road London EC2A 3QE
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when
10pm-3am

how much
£5 before 12 £7 after

club night
Thriller III

Some of the most interesting nights we preview in le cool are the ones that don't let on too much of what they're about. And Thriller III is exactly one of those. Instead of churning out an old press release or writing something on their Facebook wall, the only hints they'll give of the kind of vibe they roll with are the video clips and photos on their website and the Soundcloud mix, which might give you a steer towards their musical direction. It's at Plastic People so you know the sound will be so good it will literally destroy you and if the two previous Thriller's are anything to go by, this one will be rammed. They don't like announcing who's playing as they don't want people turning up just for a DJ. It's all a bit vague and that's exactly how they want you to be. It's an intriguing one… / Josh Jones

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May 06 2011


where
Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ
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when
7.30pm

how much
£10 previews

theatre
I Am the Wind

Ever been with a mate and delved a bit too deep into the unknown, way past the point of safety? A set-up that becomes even more appealing after a few drinks – in fact it can seem like a brilliant plan until you realise that you’ve gone too far. Such a situation unfolds in Norwegian Jon Fosse’s play, I Am the Wind: two friends are eating and drinking in a boat on the sea, one of them decides to head for the open ocean, and what follows will test their humanity. Translated into English by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by one of France’s best known filmmakers Patrice Chéreau, this productions brings together three of Europe’s greatest artists working in the theatre industry today. Definitely worth watching. / Shanna Schreuder Special offer! Best seats for £10 Call 020 7922 2922 and quote ‘Ocean’ or click here and enter Ocean when booking valid until 11 May, subject to availability

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May 06 2011


where
ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
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when
1.15pm

how much
Free

spoken word
Hussein Chalayan & Emily King

In the heyday of the 1990s British fashion explosion, most chic commentators were writing reams of copy about Alexander McQueen’s sensational shows and not paying enough attention to the godfather of creative technology in fashion, Hussain Chalayan. From dressers turning into tables to LED-embedded outfits, Hussain does not approach fashion through most people’s eyes. Instead, he pushes the parameters of design and materials to create sensational pieces. Culture Now is an opportunity to hear the man himself in conversation with London-based design writer and curator, Emily King. Learn about his new position at Puma, that infamous comment of Kate Moss’s line for Topshop and where he got the inspiration for the Lady Gaga’s egg arrival at last year’s Grammys. / Caroline Christie

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May 07 2011


where
9 Adam Street London WC2N 6AA

when
10am - 3am

how much
£25 via website

club night
Orphanage Masked Ball

"Because we are your friends, you'll never be alone again", thus spake Simian (with a little help from Justice). Similarly, those in need of some friends, family or just good old debauched attention will find a home at the Last Tuesday Society's Orphanage Masked Balls. Featuring an eclectic range of music from klezmer to ska cubano; tableaux vivants; chocolate fountains and a midnight cheese platter, the Masked Ball has something for all the louche lads and ladies, and a few of those yet to declare their hands. The Balls have sprung up a cottage industry around them – with pre-ball dance classes from 9pm, and mask- making workshops the day preceding. The dress code reads - divine decadence, masks obligatory, clothing optional. But be warned, a mask will hide your face from shame, but will it save your soul?/ Justin Toh

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May 07 2011


where
Rochelle School of Art, Rochelle School & Club Row, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES
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when
1pm-6.30pm (Saturday); 2.15pm-5.30pm (Sunday)

how much
Free

spoken word
Arts 4 Human Rights

What is freedom of speech in the ‘democratic’ internet age, when the media is run by a small handful and super-injunctions are two a penny? What does the rise of the far right across Europe mean for minority groups? Arts 4 Human Rights, which seeks to promote and explore human rights issues through an array of art forms, is presenting a range of events that challenge your thinking on these topics. Highlights include Nell Phoenix’s unique storytelling experience on a travelling double-decker bus, a performance by Katherina Radeva inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall and Inua Ellamsa be leading an interactive workshop addressing social issues. The two-day event is part of the TransEuropa Festival, spanning 12 cities over 6-15 May, which advocates social debate on a Europe-wide level. What’s more, it’s free – so the only reason not to participate is if you’re really happy with the way things are. And are you? / Maria Iu

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May 07 2011


where
Ground Floor Left, Enterprise House, Tudor Grove, E9 7QL

when
3.30pm -11pm

how much
Free with £5 suggested donation for entry

fundraising
Le Bon Temps Rouler

Do you love life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Do you disapprove of the death penalty, temperance and injustice? Do you dig N'awlins style hot jazz, funk and blues? If so, you'll find plenty of like-minded souls by London Fields this Saturday, as Reprieve hosts a fundraiser for the Louisiana Capital Assistance, a not-for-profit law firm based in New Orleans, which represents indigent defendants facing the death penalty. The event promises a Big Easy-style backstreet bar with a moustachioed barmaid, London's finest trad jazz by  Dom James and the Dixie Ticklers, along with blues by Matt Woosey. There's plenty more musicians playing throughout the evening and with food and drink inspired by the great state of Louisiana, there's more than enough to let the good times roll. / Justin Toh

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May 07 2011


where
The People's Picturehouse, 60 Manor Ave, Brockley, SE4 1TE
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when
8pm - 1am

how much
£3 suggested donation

fiesta
Manor Avenue Micro-festival

Life is change, and never more acutely so than when it's spent squatting. No ying of occupation without the inevitable yang of eviction. The crew behind Brockley's The People's Picturehouse is moving out of their Manor Avenue movie-mansion, and now that the occupants of the ex-servicemen's club have been given their marching orders, they're throwing one last Saturday night shindig. Filling their halls with fun for the final time are oodles of southeast London's top talent: singer-songwriter's Joe Wilkes and Curly Joe Lewis are kicking off the good times with their ghee-tars. Next up is Jonny Hoyle and Co., bringing a bit of melodic musical magic (and a tuba). Last up is the delightful – not least because she’s bringing her own dancers - Dimbleby and Capper. Clearly this is not a wake: this is a celebration of life... / Vyvian Raoul

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May 07 2011


where
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road South Bank Waterloo London SE1 8XT
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when
8.40pm

how much
£13

cinema
Isabelle Huppert

Once darling and now veteran of French cinema, Isabelle Huppert has been reaping awards for her tempestuous turns in the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke in a career spanning nearly 40 years. Adding to her accolades at all number of film festivals over the years, the BFI are now set to honour Huppert with a Fellowship in an evening which includes a screening of her latest film, Copacabana. After the film we have the chance to hear Huppert talk about her work, no short tale when you consider the feat of performing in over 90 film and television productions (most in a leading role), many of which succeeded in causing a stir of controversy thanks to her seemingly fearless approach to any and all subject matters. Think back to the delights of Slow Motion and The Piano Teacher for examples of why she is one of the greatest actresses of our times. / Hoss Ghonouie

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May 08 2011


where
The Hanbury Arms, Linton Street, Arlington Square, N1 7DU
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when
Doors 5pm, last entry 6.45pm. Album from 7pm

how much
£5

bar
Classic Album Sundays

In a quiet corner of Islington, psychedelic music connoisseurs will be gathering to listen to one of the best albums of the sixties, as it’s given the Classic Album Sundays treatment. Tortured LA band Love’s ‘Forever Changes’ broke new ground on its release in 1968 and went on to inspire the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Stone Roses and The Teardrop Explodes. Its combination of twangy guitars, orchestral sweeps, sweet harmonies, Spanish influence, beautiful melodies and dark, brooding lyrics reflects the paradoxes of the seminal decade: warmth and liberation, set against tension, uncertainty, conflict and nightmarish come-downs. This isn’t hippy-dippy Summer of Love fare… Warm up with beer and pizza at the Hanbury Arms before settling in to quietly appreciate the masterpiece, which will played in its entirety, on vinyl. / Laura Mannering

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May 08 2011


where
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
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when
11.30am – 12.45pm

how much
£12.50

spoken word
Hope

Working with the some of the biggest and brightest thinkers in the world today, The School of Life came to the market as “ an apothecary of the mind”. Londoners are increasingly on the look-out to be challenged by sleek purveyors of thought-provoking courses. This Bloomsbury outfit gives you witty and practical insights from a carte du jour of neat titles including ‘ How to make love last’, ‘Kinky Sex’, ‘Wonder’ and ‘Play’. This Sunday its regular Sermon is delivered by writer and thinker Rebecca Solnit who concentrates on ‘Hope’, looking at the remarkable social changes of the past half century, the stories the mainstream media neglects and the big surprises that keep on landing. Tea and cake provided. Here’s hoping! / Maeve Hosea

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May 08 2011


where
Bar Story, 213 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
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when
12pm - 4pm

how much
£3

shopping
Clothes Swap Swish

Here’s a long-overdue inclusion: Bar Story Clothes Swish in aid of Crisis – and it couldn’t be at a better time. Recent news revealed that the majority of high street labels still use developing country sweatshops for their clothing production 10 years after the extent of the problem first hit the headlines. This should make us all keen to seek out sustainable ways to liven up our summer wardrobes. Bring three or more items of clothing to the bar by 12pm and swap them for tokens; you have till 4pm to exchange your tokens for ‘new’ clothes. The swish is due to be held in the bar’s sister Sassoon Gallery at the back. So, turn up, pay your £3 entry, shed your old togs, grab a Tom Collins, bask in the sunny yard out front then wander through to the gallery to bag your neighbour’s dress. / Delaina Haslam

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May 08 2011


where
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road South Bank Waterloo London SE1 8XT
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when
8:40pm-10:20pm

how much
£9.50 (concessions £6.75)

cinema
Howl

In case you missed it when it was first released, the BFI are screening Howl, a film about Allen Ginsberg’s classic poem of the same name. Despite the herculean number of people who discover and love the beats in their teen years, the idea may still put some off. It shouldn’t, but that’s life. Howl effortlessly combines biopic, adaptation and documentary in an attempt to bring alive the classic poem and the obscenity trial it provoked in late 50s America. Featuring strong performances all round, James Franco’s young Ginsberg, reading with zeal and proselytising, is almost worth the admission fee alone. But directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The directors of the Oscar-winning Life and Times of Harvey Milk) have actually managed something special – bringing to life a classic work. / Matt Lewis

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May 09 2011


where


when
8.30pm

how much
£9.50

cinema
Stolen and Damian Lewis Q&A

Human trafficking. It’s impossible to be flippant about such a serious human rights issue, so let’s play this one totally straight. Women and children are bought, sold and smuggled in and out of countries all over the world, including Britain, for the sole purpose of being exploited. The fact that this continues in the UK more than a hundred years after slavery was abolished is the subject of a one-off fast-paced film for the BBC called Stolen, starring Damian Lewis. Lewis plays Detective Inspector Anthony Carter in the thriller being shown at the BFI, working in the Human Trafficking Unit to save children from a life of misery. Watch the film and then ask Lewis about his role in a Q&A after the showing./ Johanna Derry

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May 09 2011


where
Tavistock Street in Covent Garden

when
Daily, 1pm - 8pm, to 5th June

how much
Free

food/drink
The Whisky Den

I have a strange relationship with ‘the water of life’, the result of downing too many bottles of cheap blended shite as a teenager. I want to like Whisky, in fact I want to LOVE it, everything about Single Malts appeals to my sad male psyche but instead of looking like a sophisticated Don Draper'esque figure, one sip and I pull a face like a sodomised circus clown. Still I persevere in trying to re-educate my tastebuds, hence you will find me gagging and generally ruining the atmosphere at The Whisky Den, a new pop up venture from Balvenie who are on a mission to teach idiots like me how to appreciate this finest of drinks with tutored whisky tastings (and nosings!) and learn just what makes a drink like this so special. / John Power

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where
Amigo's, 171 Holloway Road, N7 8LX
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when
Mon-Sun 12pm-11pm

how much
Burrito with everything £5

food/drink
Amigo’s (Take Away)

I’d like to bring your attention to a new contender in London’s ever developing burrito wars. Initially I was ready to let this place pass me by. It was the name. I was all “Amigo’s. Mm-hm. Whatever.” Luckily my extensive network of gastro-ninja-scouts set me back on track, though even then I was skeptical. A new Mexican that’s reportedly tasty, cheap and down the road from me just sounded too good to be real. I’ve been burned before, but praise be to the gods of tortilla-wrapped, Central-American snack foods, because the legends were true. They were all true. Hyperbole aside, on the menu so far I’ve only been through the burritos - chicken, pork and beef (the holy trinity of burrito fillings), but based on the quality of those alone and the fact that with all the trimmings, your overstuffed bundle of guacamole laced joy will still be a quid cheaper than anywhere else, you’d be a fool not to check it out. A fool, I tell you. / Foo D

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May 10 2011


where
Architectural Association, Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square WC1B 3ES
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when
10am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-5pm (Sat) (until 28th May)

how much
Free

exhibition
Beyond Entropy

This exhibition looks awesome. A pack of artists, scientists and architects have collaborated in an attempt to make visible the invisible: to use energy as a conceptual tool to create visible forms. There’s a working time machine, an impossible pinball machine, and a giant self-balancing machine, but I have no idea why it’s called Beyond Entropy. Really, I’ve spent all morning trying to work it out. Entropy – according to every scientific dictionary I’ve consulted – is a measure of the disorder of a closed system, or of the unavailability of its heat energy for work. Granted, I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it doesn’t seem to mean that beyond entropy comes the making of energy visible. Oh well. At least you learned something about science today. Sort of. / Crystal Bennes

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May 10 2011


where
The Bowery, 36 to 38 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1EP
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when
7pm

how much
Free

gig
The Elasticated Waste Band

Trying to pigeon-hole TEWB into a specific genre is a bit like trying to rationalise the duck-billed platypus. It shouldn’t work and deep down we all know it’s against nature, but in spite of its curious oddness, we love it anyway. It’s not often that I look forward to hearing the sound of a banjo. In fact, I can say categorically that, ever since Deliverance, I have to resist the urge to take off sprinting and screaming at imaginary red-necks at even the most casual metallic twang, yet somehow this lot, not only don’t trigger my Burt Reynolds related anxiety attacks, but actually make me want to hear more. So far the best description I’ve heard of the band’s sound is a “Louisiana style rag-time, hillbilly-ska, bluegrass-punk-band”. All clear? I didn’t think so. Trust me, it’ll all make sense when you hear The Human League’s “Don't You Want Me?” played by a stand-up bass, a harmonica and a fiddle. Honest. / The Leanest

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May 11 2011


where
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 198 Railton SE24 OJT


when
11am -5pm (until 3rd July)

how much
Free

exhibition
Local Anaesthesia

If there’s something that all Londoners have in common, it’s our ability to become numbed to the city. Whiring sirens and drunken drones are blocked out as we adjust to urban living. Local Anaesthesia: The desensitisation of the urban experience, a new exhibition by Curation students at Central Saint Martins, explores the uncanny and the rhetoric in relation to city life. Featuring artists Tim Bouckley, Larry Achiampong, Yu Kim Chan and Hollington and Kyprianou, the exhibition extracts metropolitan behaviour and displays it for us to recognise. The work examines all aspects of modern inner-city life, from the disruptive nature of urbanisation to our passive intake of text through proximity and distance to London living. Local Anaesthesia amplifies parts of the urban experience and plays it back to us at a volume we can’t ignore. / Caroline Christie

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May 11 2011


where
Meet at Market Porter, finish at Dean Swift (6 pubs in total, see below)

when
6pm – 9pm

how much
Walking is free; you got to buy your own scoops

pub crawl
Quality SE1 Pub Crawl

The Draft House Tower Bridge is, for me, a perfect London place. It ticks all the boxes and those you didn't know needed ticking. Extensive knowledge of say, New Zealand breweries? Yes. Terrifically seasoned, beer-friendly fodder? Indeed. Clean decor with design references that leave you feeling culturally sufficient, yet not too old/young? Uh huh. Conveniently located next to one of the Capital's most postcard-ready landmarks? You got it. Then they go and top all by launching the Quality Pub Crawl in SE1. Yep, this week sees the first of a new monthly brew march that honours the quality swilling that can be done in London Bridge's ends.  With these dudes at the helm of the strut, I'm so there. / Chloe McCloskey

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May 11 2011


where
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, SE1 8XX
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when
6pm

how much
£15, Concessions £12

spoken word
AC Grayling and Rowan Williams

The author of a humanist take on the bible and The Archbishop of Canterbury head to head in an academic atmosphere, this we’ve got to see. Fresh from marrying Kate and Wills, Dr. Rowan Williams will be discussing secular and religious life with the author of the recently published The Good Book, AC Grayling. Grayling, known for his views on contemporary issues such as euthanasia, war crimes, secularism and human rights and for his belief that philosophers should engage with public debates, puts theory into practice by discussing the contentious religion arguments with fellow theologian and one of the most liberal Anglican’s around. However, don’t expect name-calling and cat fighting, neither of them would use such diversionary tactics nor shy away from the core issues. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. / Caroline Christie

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Oliver Keens

You may know Oliver Keens as DJ Gimp, Mr Safety or Bugs Raplin, but he's doing away with all those monikers and sticking with what his mum gave him. He's done an excellent covers mix especially for us which you can download free here.

Where's best to DJ in London?
Clubs and bars seem to get more and more lifeless in London, but setting up a PA in random places is always a hoot. The one that always sticks out was a 16-year-old's house party in Brixton that I got coerced into doing. They were amazing - so enthusiastic yet really, discerning about tunes. It got stupidly over-crowded, with bodies in every cavity of the house and me holding on to my table for dear life. Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" album had just come out and I played "A Milli" about 15 times, dropping that vocal intro over all kinds of tempos and beats. It was like sonic catnip.

Where's best to eat?
I can't big up Iranian restaurants enough. I'd say the best Iranian restaurant in London is Alounak, near Queensway - I recommend the awesome choice cuts of lamb with rice served with bread cooked in a stone oven right in the restaurant. Read the full interview here on our blog.

Photo: Tom Medwell

 

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